Right this moment, August 12, 2020, marks the 29th anniversary of Metallica’s self-titled report – aka The Black Album.

Packing such anthems as Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Issues, Unhappy However True and The Unforgiven into its staggering tracklist, the thrash icons’ fifth full-length despatched them stratospheric and cemented them as the largest heavy metallic band of all time.

However regardless of the report celebrating the massive 2-9 right now, to guitarist Kirk Hammett, it feels prefer it was launched solely yesterday…

“It’s the anniversary already!? Twenty-nine years – it actually has been that lengthy! However it doesn’t really feel prefer it,” he jokes, when Kerrang! point out the anniversary.

“We performed Unhappy However True for the Drive-In present recording, and we rocked it like we all the time have. We performed Nothing Else Issues, Sandman, and it nonetheless feels nearly as good to play because it ever has. These songs really feel as latest and up to date as ever to me. Once we play that stuff, it doesn’t really feel like I’m caught in 1991, you know?”

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He continues: “It doesn’t really feel like that album is 29 years previous, as a result of I’ve by no means actually had any time away from these songs. Our audiences have, and different individuals exterior the band have, however after we write songs, they turn out to be a part of our musical life, they’re all the time within the background. And particularly when you will have songs which are actually common with us, or the viewers, they’re simply sort of all the time there, they don’t ever actually go away.

“I assume it doesn’t really feel that previous as a result of we see them day in, day trip. We play them each night time on tour. It’s nearly like seeing a member of the family ever day, and it’s laborious to see the change over time – you don’t realise how previous they’re getting! They usually nonetheless sound model new, they don’t sound 29 years previous to me. It’s not like one thing from the ‘60s sounded to me after we made that album!”

As famous by Kirk, Metallica are gearing up for his or her first present of 2020, which might be aired completely in drive-in theatres throughout North America later this month. Those that purchase tickets for the present will obtain 4 digital downloads of Metallica’s upcoming S&M2 album, which is due out on August 28 by way of Blackened Recordings.

Pre-sale begins by way of Metallica’s Fifth Member fan membership on August 12, whereas common sale kicks off on August 14.

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Posted on August 12th 2020, 1:46pm

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